99th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session - 2018
St. Louis City
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Workforce Development, Ranking Minority Member
Special Committee on Litigation Reform
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
Ly Syin Lobster
Representative Steven Roberts was elected to the Missouri House in November 2017 and represents portions of St. Louis City from the central corridor east to the riverfront.
He is a fourth generation St. Louis native, whose parents and grandparents overcame segregation and discrimination to establish successful careers. His mother Dr. Eva Frazer became a distinguished doctor and his father a respected attorney, St. Louis Alderman and successful businessman. It is from his parents that he developed a strong sense of civic responsibility and social justice.
Representative Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communication Studies from the University of Miami and received his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. While in law school, his experiences included: working in the U.S. Congress as a legislative intern, as a certified law clerk with the District Attorney’s Office in the City of Compton, California, and assisting the Counsel to Secure Justice in New Delhi, India, to help victims of violent sexual assault.
After graduating law school, he joined AP Wireless Infrastructure Partners, LLC as a member of a team of attorneys responsible for managing over 100 million dollars of company assets. Following the events in Ferguson, he returned to serve his community as a prosecutor for the City of St. Louis where he participated in over a hundred cases from minor weapons offenses to homicides.
He is a member of the Missouri Bar and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Mound City Bar Association and a founder and former president of the St. Louis chapter of the National Black Prosecutor's Association.
Rep. Roberts currently resides in the City of St. Louis.
Establishes the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Pilot Program
Establishes the Death with Dignity Act to allow patients with terminal illnesses to end their life in a humane and dignified manner
Changes the laws regarding eligibility for MO HealthNet benefits
Requires the establishment of the "Missouri Youth Challenge Academy"
Establishes a pilot program in St. Louis City to be known as the Intervention and Compliance Unit Pilot Program to address rising serious violent crime in the city
Prohibits the practice of requiring peace officers to issue a specific number of citations within a designated period of time
Allows the circuit court in St. Louis City to collect a fee not to exceed twenty dollars, rather than fifteen, to go toward the law library
Allows the victim's family or next of kin to sign a notarized statement directing the funeral home be a claimant and deal directly with the Crime Victim's Compensation Fund
Authorizes a tax deduction for the costs of firearm training or firearm safety courses
Allows a law enforcement agency to file a motion, on its own behalf in circuit court, to properly dispose of seized property
Establishes the Joint Committee on Unsolved Civil Rights Cases
Modifies provisions relating to racial profiling and training standards for law enforcement, and establishes the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board
Changes the law regarding criminal procedure so that a prosecuting attorney cannot amend a misdemeanor offense with a felony offense without the discovery of new material facts or evidence
Abolishes the death penalty in Missouri
Provides a method for judicial consideration of whether race played a role in decisions to impose or seek the death penalty
Provides that certain mandatory minimum sentences may be discretionary and creates provisions when a person is eligible for a parole hearing
Requires use of force continuing education training for law enforcement officers